Earlier this month, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids was alerted that Urban Outfitters, the national retail store popular with teens, is selling pint glasses, flasks and shot glasses made to look like prescription pill bottles. These products make light of prescription drug misuse and abuse, a dangerous behavior that is responsible for more deaths in […]
The other day a friend said to me, “It seems as if all the people I knew in high school who used drugs were the ones who had trouble coping with their feelings.” As a person in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, I agree with her observation. I had a great amount of anxiety […]
Like so many, my family has been touched by addiction. Our heads constantly spun for years as we tried to find the way to fix the addicts we love so dearly. Cuisinart-head is a term borrowed from a family addictions consultant – it perfectly described my mom’s mentality in the midst of my brother Chris’s […]
The Medicine Abuse Project is in full swing in 2013, kicking the year off with a focus on educators, school nurses, administrators, coaches and other adults in the school community. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Peggy McKibbin. A school nurse and mom in Delaware, Peggy has a front-row view of the issues and […]
As a little girl, Mom and Dad promised I could be anything I wanted — police officer, teacher, journalist — and that no matter what, my life would be a good one if I followed my heart. Hard work, dedication, honest effort and the Golden Rule were required but, according to my folks, a small […]
Addressing the epidemic of teen medicine abuse is a responsibility that falls upon entire communities, and starts in the home with parents. Safeguarding medicine at home and talking with teens about the dangers of medicine abuse are some of the most basic and important steps adults can take in protecting teens. By joining the The […]
Addiction can be messy. It can tear lives and families apart. The challenge of overcoming addiction is daunting, and it’s easy to feel hopeless. But that’s what makes stories of recovery so remarkable and powerful. Someone who is brave enough to put it all out there for others to read might never know just how […]
My son stopped using over two years ago. For seven years he was addicted to drugs and, by the end, was a heroin addict. Today he is drug free and working to put his life back together. These are just some realizations that seem to help me.
As a parent in recovery, I look at my children’s faces every day and I wonder and worry. I wonder, with everything I know and everything I’ve learned, will I be able to save them from the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse? I wonder about the “gene” and the fact that I know there […]
There’s good news and bad news. The bad is that those students drinking on college campuses are drinking more. However, the good news is there is an increase in students who abstain completely from alcohol or drink moderately. Additional good news is more and more colleges are taking the issue of underage drinking and dangerous […]
Growing up as the youngest of three daughters, my mother was always extra concerned with my safety and well-being. As a typical teenager, I was annoyed by this and would often roll my eyes at her rules and advice and claim she didn’t understand me. What I later realized was, like most other teens, I […]
Tom Catton discusses the importance of the 12-Step program and selecting a sponsor that you feel will guide you in the right direction. Catton notes the spiritual experience of the 12-Step program and the importance of finding sponsorship that assists in fulfilling this journey.
I’m issuing a challenge to parents this prom and graduation season: Tell your teenagers not to drink. Before you shake your heads and tell the computer screen that I’m delusional if I think they won’t drink anyway, hear me out.
The Partnership is excited to introduce our new blogger, Tom Catton. Tom has been in long-term recovery since October 20, 1971 is the author of The Mindful Addict: A Memoir of the Awakening of a Spirit, which highlights Tom’s relationship with meditation in combating his addictions. Tom is on the advisory board at the Buddhist […]
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The thought of getting a drivers license is thrilling to teens. To most parents, its terrifying. Attached to the little paper that brings wheels and freedom to your child is an expanded list of worries for you. Not only are all the other drivers on the road a colossal safety hazard, but, in addition to […]
Synthetic marijuana, known as Spice or K2, is gaining attention among high school seniors. According to The University of Michigans Monitoring the Future study one in every nine 12th graders reported using this drug. Yesterday R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House ONDCP, urged parents to help stop teen use of Spice / K2. […]
This is a guest blog post by Michael V. Pantalon, PhD, Yale Psychologist, Addiction & Motivation Expert, Speaker, Coach and author of INSTANT INFLUENCE: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything—Fast! (Little, Brown & Co., May, 2011). Many people who enter into recovery (i.e., abstinence from their drug of abuse/dependence & engaged in treatment) will […]